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th3b00m

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Hey everyone, so i just got a new WD Caviar black 500gb harddrive to install windows 7 on. Everything went well but I only made the partition for the windows install 20gb. Is there anyway to increase the partition size without having to reinstall windows or will I have to clean install?

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Arundor

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A GParted Live CD should do the trick: GParted -- Live CD/USB/PXE/HD

Burn the CD, boot with it, and it should allow you to resize partitions.

I should note that I've never personally done this with Windows 7 specifically, but it works fine for XP and Vista so I assume it will work on Windows 7 as well.
 

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I believe that if the remaining space of the HDD is raw (unpartitioned), you can extend the volume to the used partition. Haven't done it in a while, but Arundor brought up a great post.
 

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Start > Right click Computer > Manage. Disk Management, right click your "C" drive, and say extend. Should be able to do it without a hitch.
 

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Start > Right click Computer > Manage. Disk Management, right click your "C" drive, and say extend. Should be able to do it without a hitch.
I tried this many times up to a couple of weeks ago when i was using XP PRO, but "extend" was always greyed out; i just tried it again, now on Win 7, and it still does not work, still greyed out.
Do you know a solution for this?
 

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I tried this many times up to a couple of weeks ago when i was using XP PRO, but "extend" was always greyed out; i just tried it again, now on Win 7, and it still does not work, still greyed out.
Do you know a solution for this?
Is the extra space behind your C partition? And is it totally blank, as in no partitions created within the "empty" space?

As it's worked fine for me before.

Maybe post a screenshot of Disk Management if you're unsure.
 

Gellidius

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partitions C and E are on the same HDD.
If i right click on C (the one i want to extend), i can shrink it, but "extend" is grayed out.

I have no unrecognized space on that HDD, C and E are both active and total the whole HDD.

Is that what you're asking me for ?
 

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What jdrom posted only works if the HDD has unpartitioned space. Doing what Arundor said with GParted will work fine. Just shrink the E partition, move it as close to the end of the disk as you can, then extend the C partition to fill the rest of the space. If you have anything in E, it will take a while to complete, but it will get done.
 

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partitions C and E are on the same HDD.
If i right click on C (the one i want to extend), i can shrink it, but "extend" is grayed out.

I have no unrecognized space on that HDD, C and E are both active and total the whole HDD.

Is that what you're asking me for ?
What jdrom posted only works if the HDD has unpartitioned space. Doing what Arundor said with GParted will work fine. Just shrink the E partition, move it as close to the end of the disk as you can, then extend the C partition to fill the rest of the space. If you have anything in E, it will take a while to complete, but it will get done.
Yeah I figured it was totally empty space beyond C. Didn't know you had made a partition, but if E partition is empty, you might as well just delete it and then you could use extend. It'll take like a minute tops.
 

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